When two brothers organize the robbery of their parents' jewelry store the job goes horribly wrong, triggering a series of events that sends them, their father and one brother's wife hurtling towards a shattering climax.
Philip Seymour Hoffman,
A cab driver finds himself the hostage of an engaging contract killer as he makes his rounds from hit to hit during one night in Los Angeles. He must find a way to save both himself and one last victim.
Dan Mahowny was a rising star at the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. At twenty-four he was assistant manager of a major branch in the heart of Toronto's financial district. To his colleagues he was a workaholic. To his customers, he was astute, decisive and helpful. To his friends, he was a quiet, but humorous man who enjoyed watching sports on television. To his girlfriend, he was shy but engaging. None of them knew the other side of Dan Mahowny--the side that executed the largest single-handed bank fraud in Canadian history, grossing over $10 million in eighteen months to feed his gambling obsession. Written by
Sujit R. Varma
I chose this film based on its cast, not its plotline, which I didn't really think sounded very interesting. However, I've been a fan of Philip Seymour Hoffman since State and Main, and I also like Minnie Driver, so we took a chance and bought tickets for this film. I was so glad I did. It was a fascinating (kind of like looking at an accident) look at a "nice guy's" descent into gambling. It started small, and continued to spiral out of control as we watched in horrified disbelief. In fact, I would say that the script was unrealistic if I didn't know this was based on a true story. One little complaint...Minnie's blond wig was rather distracting, and truly not necessary. Other than that, I highly recommend this film.
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